Polar gears up for bike exhibition

IN a little workshop tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate, stunning works of art are being created.

These beautiful pieces go all over the world to be shown off and admired - and in some cases ridden.

Polar Cycles custom-make motorbikes and have been chosen to send three to a new Harley Davidson exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.   Pictured from left with the Jaguar bike is Wayne 'Eddy' Edwards, Rick Starrs and Simon 'Stez' Brocklesby  (w110325-4a)

Polar Cycles custom-make motorbikes and have been chosen to send three to a new Harley Davidson exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Pictured from left with the Jaguar bike is Wayne 'Eddy' Edwards, Rick Starrs and Simon 'Stez' Brocklesby (w110325-4a)

This is the world of motorbikes and the machines emerging from Polar Cycles at Harworth are thousands of pounds worth of custom-built engineering.

The business was set up ten years ago by Simon Brocklesby, known as Stez in the bike world.

He was deputy at Harworth Colliery but an underground accident left him with a smashed ankle, forcing him to retire.

So he decided to try making a living from his hobby of building bikes.

Now three of his creations are to be featured in an exhibition celebrating bike culture and design at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), focusing primarily on Harley Davidsons.

Stez said: “We’re not a Harley Davidson dealership and normally they don’t recognise any unauthorised specialists so to be chosen to exhibit our bikes is a bit of a coup.”

“All of our three bikes going into the exhibition have Harley Davidson engines.”

The bikes cost between £20,000 and £35,000 to make and perhaps the most dramatic is the one in the shape of the Jaguar marque, built for an interior designer in London at a cost of £25,000.

Stez, 44, who lives in Harworth with his wife Anita and three children, said: “He picked up the Jaguar mould in a nightclub. It was in chrome plastic and he brought it to us to see if we could make it into a bike.”

“The bike is rideable, it’s ridden in the drag racing position and it’s even been featured in the Jaguar owners magazine.”

Stez and his staff Wayne ‘Eddy’ Edwards and Rick Starrs are now busy customising a Harley Davidson V-Rod to enter into the world championships of custom-bike building in Sturgis, USA, in August.

They are entering it into the European heat being held in Croatia in May and the bike - nicknamed Polaris - will be ridden the 1,400 miles there by Tony Stephenson.

Stez said: “A lot of the bikes entered are there purely for show, they aren’t rideable, so if we win it will be an extra bonus.”

A video diary following their work on the bike is on the company website at www.polarcycles.com.

Stez and his team have also been featured on British Biker Build-off on the Discovery channel and Bennett’s Biker Build-off on Men and Motors, which they won.

Stez’s success is all the more remarkable considering the traumas his family has suffered in the past four years. His wife had to undergo a major operation, then their son Curtis, 12, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and had to have a bone marrow transplant, with marrow donated by his sister Laura, 18. Then last week Stez’s mum Margaret passed away after battling non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

“I’d like to thank Anita for helping me out even when she was recovering from surgery,” said Simon.

Christopher Scott, MD of Claridon, the MOSI exhibition organisers, said: “Stez’s standard of work is incredible.”

*Customising, Culture and Harley Davidson will run from 15th April to 11th September.

A slideshow of the Polar bikes can be seen at www.worksopguardian.co.uk.